The Irish Handmade Glass Company - Kite Design Studios
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Located in the Kite Design Studio,Henrietta Street, The Irish Handmade Glass Company aims to bring the craft of glass making to life for visitors to the historic Viking Quarter of Waterford city.
Located in the new Kite Design Studio, The Irish Handmade Glass Company aim to bring the craft of glass making to life for visitors to historic Henrietta Street in the Viking Quarter of Waterford City. Our aim, along with keeping the craft alive, is to create beautiful, affordable glassware, both crystal clear and also coloured which is not only pleasing to the eye, but also practical to use.
After the closure of the Waterford Crystal factory in Waterford City Ireland in January 2009, a group of Master craftsmen with a combined total of over 150 years experience in glass- making, came together and made the decision to set up a glass making facility of their own in the very heart of Waterford City. Located in the new 'Kite Design Studio', The Irish Handmade Glass Company aim to bring the craft of glass making to life for visitors to historic Henrietta Street in the Viking Quarter of Waterford City.
In these modern times the vast majority of glass making companies now use automation to produce their products. Here at The Irish Handmade Glass Company all our products have been hand made here on our premises in historic Waterford City. Our glass is a non- lead based crystal, ‘Crystalline’ which is melted from its pellet form in our purpose built furnace which produces 385 lbs of glass per day. We welcome visitors to our studio to experience our craft and see first hand how glass is formed in the traditional way.
Visitors are welcome to interact with the craftsmen while we work, any questions are welcome.